Good-time racing crowd veils the worst of Melbourne Cup day

Just as the well-behaved gathering started to deteriorate after the big race, news came that a horse had died
• The CliffsofMoher put down after suffering fractured shoulder

Three things happened after the running of the Melbourne Cup – the race that stops the nation, or at least causes it to pause.

The drunken crowds who had held it together until after the big race dispersed, leaving a wreckage of muddied lawns and discarded plastic wine glasses in their wake.

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